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Syllabus032910 - SCIENCE AND SOCIETY 18 EXPANDED COURSE...

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1 SCIENCE AND SOCIETY 18 EXPANDED COURSE DESCRIPTION Course Title & Units : Course Number & Quarter : Geographic Information Systems and Society (3) SAS 18 III CRN 79837 Sec A01 2 hours lecture (TR 9:00-9:50, Chem 176) 3 hours laboratory or discussion per week (R 12:10-3:00 1137 Plant and Environmental Sciences) CRN 79838 Sec A02 2 hours lecture (TR 9:00-9:50, Chem 176) 3 hours laboratory or discussion per week (F 12:10-3:00 1137 Plant and Environmental Sciences) Course Goals: Learn Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a spatial technology and as a tool for assessing and understanding changes in our society. Evaluate physical, biological and social impact of GIS in the context of case studies such as land, water and community planning. Earn GIS certificate from Environmental Science Research Institute (ESRI) via their online virtual campus. Texts : LECTURE AND DISCUSSION REFERENCES ON TWO HOUR RESERVE IN SHIELDS LIBRARY: Ground Truth: The Social Implications of Geographic Information Systems . 1995. Editor Pickles, J., Guldford Press, New York. Socio-Economic Applications of Geographic Information System Science . 2002. Editors Kidner, D., Higgs, G., and White, S. Taylor and Francis Inc. New York (GIS and Crime). Community Participation and Geographic Information Systems . 2002. Edited by Craig, W.J., Harris, T.M., and Werner, D. Taylor and Francis Inc. New York. Spatial Analysis and Spatial Policy using Geographic Information Systems . 1991. Worrall, L. Editor. Belhaven Press. New York. Geographic Information Systems and Science . 2001. Longley, P.A., Goodchild, M.F., Maquire, D.J., and Rhind, D.W. John Wiley and Sons, LTD. New York (Technical reference). LAB TEXT: Online tutorial Learning ArcGIS Desktop by ESRI. LAB SOFTWARE: ArcGIS 9.2 by ESRI. Web Site : Course materials http://SmartSite.ucdavis.edu Online tutorial http://campus.esri.com Entry Level : No restrictions or prerequisites
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2 Grading (all work due on due date shown in schedule, otherwise zero credit) : Midterm exam (multiple choice, lab and guest lectures): 25% In-lab ESRI tutorial quizzes as well as one discussion (eight online modules, pass full credit, not pass zero credit; one discussion and GPS lab attendance and active participation for full credit otherwise zero credit, see below): 20% Essays (two at 700-900 words each, see below): 20% Final exam (multiple choice, lab and guest lectures): 35% Course content : 1. Introduction to GIS 2. Case studies on the application of GIS to real world situations. All case studies will include the advantages and disadvantages of using GIS technology to solve problems. How decisions and policy are made using GIS technology. Public perception and acceptance of technology as a way to answer societal questions will be explored. Outcomes from the use of GIS technology. Selected case studies may include: a) School district boundaries, b) Endangered and threatened species and development, c) Income distribution in the California’s central valley, d) Water district water distribution, e) Crime distribution.
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